I absolutely love this simple banchan – it has a deep savory flavor, along with a playful texture from the chewy rice cakes.
Best of all, this Tteokbokki is NOT spicy!
Yes, that’s right – a non-spicy Korean dish! (Doesn’t come often, so you better try it out heh.)
Typically, Tteokbokki is smothered in a deep-red, spicy gochujang sauce. It make your mouth salivate and your endorphins run…
But in this Bulgogi Tteokbokki, we’ll replace the gochujang with an infused soy sauce - a savory bulgogi marinade!
The combination of savory bulgogi with chewy rice cakes and crunchy vegetables is perfect for a meal.
Serve it alongside a bowl of fresh, hot rice – and you got yourself a wonderfully, savory meal.
Of course, I threw in a side of Jalapenos – as it helps to cuts through the savory, salty flavory. A nice palate refresher 😉
Key cooking tips for Bulgogi Tteokbokki:
Stir-fry the vegetables separately and set it aside - before you add-in the bulgogi marinade.
That way, the marinade doesn’t darken the vegetables too much. It’s nice to have the natural colors of the vegetables shine through – much more visually appealing.
You’ll also want to blanche the rice cakes (until they float to the surface). The rice cakes will be cooked through and soft - before the stir-fry turns the outside nice and crispy!
We’ll also marinate these blanched rice cakes in our bulgogi marinade – for a deeper flavor.
When you cook the bulgogi, there will be lot of juices that get released. Tilt the pan slightly so the juices gather to one side – then let it boil away so the juices evaporate. We don’t want to have too much liquid in the stir-fry.
Note: There is a similar recipe called Gungjung Tteokbokki (it’s slightly more involved). But you can check out both recipes - and see which one you prefer to make.
That’s it folks!
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- 300 grams of Thinly Sliced Beef (Sirloin Cut is good)
- ⅓ Onion
- A handful of Mushrooms (Use any mushroom)
- Small piece of Carrot (Measure - length of your pinky finger)
- 1 stalk Spring Onion (forearm length)
- 2 cups Rice Cakes
- 3 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
- 1 Tablespoon Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Mirim
- 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
- 1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil
- Few cracks Black Pepper
Season Vegetables (When Stir-frying)
- Few pinches Salt
- Few pinches Black Pepper
- Slice ⅓ of an onion into thin slices.
- Cut-off a piece of carrot (length of your pinky) - then julienne into thin slices.
- Dice some mushroom into bite-sized pieces (~a small handful's worth).
- Dice 1 forearm length of spring onion stalk into thin slices.
Make Bulgogi Marinade
- Take out a mixing bowl and thoroughly mix: Soy Sauce (3 Tablespoons), Sugar (1 Tablespoon), Mirin (1 Tablespoon), Minced Garlic (1 Tablespoon), Sesame Oil (1 Tablespoon) and Black Pepper (4-5 cracks).
- Place 300g of thinly sliced beef into your mixing bowl. Then add-in ⅔ of the bulgogi marinade. Give it a mix with your hands. Then set the meat aside so it can marinate.
- Place some oil into a frying pan. Once the oil is hot, place-in the diced carrots, onion and mushrooms. Next, season with salt (few pinches) and black pepper (4-5 cracks).
- Stir-fry for a few minutes - or until the onions start to turn translucent. Then turn off heat and pour out onto a plate.
Blanche Rice Cakes
- Bring a pot of water to boil. Once its boiling, add-in 2 cups of rice cakes. Wait a few minutues - until the rice cakes rise to the surface. Then empty the water out through a strainer. Shake off any excess water from the rice cakes.
- Now, place the blanched rice cakes into a mixing bowl. Place-in the remaining ⅓ of bulgogi marinade sauce and give it a nice stir. Set it aside for the next step.
Make Bulgogi Tteokbokki
- Place some oil into a frying pan. Once the oil is hot, add-in the marinated bulgogi beef. Use your chopsticks to separate each beef piece - so it doesn't clump together.
- Then use a pair of kitchen scissors to cut any large slices in half - makes it easier to eat later.
- The bulgogi - as it cooks - will release lot of juice. Tilt the pan to one side - so the juices can pool-up to one side. Then move the frying pan slightly to one side - so you can focus the flame (or heat source) directly under the juices. Let most of the juice sizzle away - until you see large-sized bubbles (reference video).
- Then add in the marinated rice cakes. Followed by the stir-fried carrots, onions and mushrooms. Followed by the diced spring onions.
- Stir-fry for 1 minute. Turn off heat - top-off with a few shakes of sesame seeds.
- Serve with a bowl of hot rice. And a side of Jalapenos or Kimchi!